Month: March 2015

Book Review: “By Your Side” by Candace Calvert


By Your Side is the story of an ER nurse and police officer who are pushed together by a sniper on the loose. Both characters are experiencing stressful situations in their respective family and professional lives. The author grabs the reader with action from the start and keeps it up until the end. It’s a great read.

This was my first time reading a book by Candace Calvert. I can easily say I’m impressed. Her easy-to-read style reminded me of another one of my favorite authors, Terri Blackstock. This book really appealed to me in several areas. It has something for those interested in the medical field, crime show enthusiatists, hopeless romantics, and lovers of mystery. Also, the book has a nice-sized font and a thick, coated paperback cover which are important to me. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for next installation of the Crisis Team series, Step by Step, that will be available in stores and online in the spring of 2016. In fact, I think I’ll read some of her other books until then.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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Book Review: “Own Your Life” by Sally Clarkson


I saw this book and was intrigued by the title. I knew that I needed to work on owning my life more. Too often, I easily fall into the trap of always saying yes to too many things. This leaves me feeling overwhelmed, rushed, and depleted of the energy I need to be the homemaker, wife, mother, daughter, friend, and child of God that I want to be. So, help in focusing my energy towards the relationships that matter most to me is always welcomed.

The book is divided into the following parts:
Part 1 – Barriers to Owning Your Life: Don’t Settle for a Mediocre Life
Part 2 – Owning Your Vision: Mapping Your Life Purpose
Part 3 – Owning Your Life by Giving God Control: What Only He Can Do
Part 4 – Owning Your Life by Partnering with God: Attitudes and Actions That Transform
Part 5 – Owning Your Life by Loving Well: Creating a Lasting Legacy

As you can tell by the chapter titles, the book relies heavily on what the Bible has to say on each of these topics. The author takes topics such as forgiveness or having a vision and provides a detailed plan on how to deal with it, complete with Bible verses. In fact, each chapter opens with an inspiring quote as well as Bible verse. The author also provides a section called “Own Your Part”. It lists specific activities or ideas to bring home the point of the chapter. I liked this part because its’ personal nature helped me to internalize the information she was talking about.

I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of someone who’s been there before. There were many points to ponder and put into action from this book. I loved this quote from page 191, “Painting the reality of God onto the walls of your home will be one of the great works of your life.” By looking towards God and following what He says from the Bible, I hope that I can do just that by leaving a legacy of a home that isn’t crazed and hurried, but one of peace, love, grace, and goodness.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

Book Review: “The Paleo Chef” by Pete Evans


I was drawn to this book after a doctor recommended trying the Paleo Diet to my mother, and I was searching for new recipes for her. Learning how to eat a new way is always an overwhelming and daunting task. I’m constantly looking for information in these situations to help me understand the new diet better. Mr. Evans takes on this challenge within the first few pages where he outlays the basic of the Paleo diet. He then fills the book with about 200 pages of delicious-looking recipes. Each of these recipes are accompanied by colorful pictures that will make your mouth water. The recipes run the gamut from breakfast to dessert (yay…dessert!). While the recipes do tend to be on the more sophisticated side, they will appeal to everyone except really picky eaters. There are recipes that contain exotic and hard-to-find ingredients. However, I have found this to be more of a limitation of the diet itself rather than the recipes. I must also mention that I absolutely loved the binding of this book! The thick, glare-free pages lay flat easily and are simply perfect for cooking.

All in all, I found this book to be a good recipe book for flavorful recipes for those following the Paleo Diet. I’m anticipating cooking lots of these dishes for my family so that we can work on eating more of a healthier, cleaner diet.

I received this book for free from’s Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.